Word is breaking today on the Windows-focused web-sites that AMD's Catalyst driver program has fundamentally changed. How does this impact Linux Catalyst users? Unfortunately, it will likely prove to be in a bad way.
A story run on Phoronix yesterday was AMD admitting it has Linux problems and are looking to improve the situation. In large part it comes down to improving OpenCL on Linux with the Catalyst driver, but how does the OpenCL Linux performance stand today? Here's some benchmarks to answer that question.
AMD admits it has had some Linux support problems with its graphics drivers and they'll be working to improve the situation.
For those disappointed by the results of the open-source vs. closed-source AMD Radeon graphics driver results on Linux at this time, you may be more pleased going forward and carry hope for open-source AMD advancements in 2013.
While the Radeon HD 7000 "Southern Islands" series is nearly six-months old, the open-source support for these new "GCN" graphics cards remains largely unusable.
Following the OpenCL Gallium3D state tracker having been merged into Mesa earlier this week, the open-source Radeon OpenCL support is coming close.
If you happen to be an unfortunate soul still using an old ATI Rage graphics processor, the "R128" driver now has EXA acceleration support after about a decade and a half of the hardware being around.
AMD has brought back the gDEBugger software to Linux.
Yesterday while the Phoronix server infrastructure was being hammered by the exclusive Valve Linux work, AMD released their Catalyst 12.4 Linux driver.
AMD's Tom Stellard has published the latest series of patches for bringing up the GPGPU compute infrastructure in their open-source R600 Gallium3D driver.
Just one day after the Radeon HD 5000 series on Gallium3D gained GLSL 1.30 compliance by default, the R600 (Radeon HD 2000/3000 series) and R700 (Radeon HD 4000 series) now have GL Shading Language 1.30 support advertised by default.
The AMD Radeon HD 5000 "Evergreen" graphics cards, which at the hardware level is capable of OpenGL 4.2 / GLSL 4.20, is finally advertising GLSL 1.30 compliance by default with the Mesa Gallium3D "R600g" driver. GLSL 1.30 is the GL Shading Language revision introduced at the time of OpenGL 3.0.
Even if you're not a NVIDIA graphics customer and not interested in the state of the Nouveau driver and its big advancements today, there still is some Mesa Gallium3D news of importance to share. AMD has merged their Radeon HD 7000 "Southern Islands" Gallium3D driver to mainline.
AMD has finally made public its new Gallium3D driver, which is called "RadeonSI" and provides the user-space acceleration support for their latest-generation AMD Radeon HD 7000 "Southern Islands" graphics cards under Linux.
AMD has released the xf86-video-ati 6.14.4 X.Org driver, which brings a few new features to their DDX component.
AMD has officially released Catalyst 12.3 for Linux as its March 2012 update for those relying upon this binary graphics driver.
Tom Stellard of AMD has called upon the LLVM developers to include the R600 GPU back-end into the LLVM project, which is the code for generating compute and graphics shaders inside the LLVM compiler infrastructure for targeting Radeon HD 2000 through HD 6000 series graphics processors.
As Phoronix Forums readers have been quick to discover, early "beta" builds of AMD's Catalyst 12.3 proprietary Linux driver have begun to appear publicly.
AMD has finally released the open-source driver code to support the Radeon HD 7000 "Southern Islands" GPUs and next-generation Fusion "Trinity" APUs under Linux with their open-source driver.
Earlier this month I wrote about how you can sort of begin using OpenCL acceleration out of the Radeon Gallium3D driver, but in the short time since, the code has continued to advance and now here's a guide for trying out this GPGPU computing technology on the open-source Radeon Linux driver.
If you have been desiring better video playback support on the open-source ATI/AMD Radeon Linux graphics stack, the days of being frustrated may be limited. There's some code concerning UVD -- the GPU's Unified Video Decoder engine -- that will be going through internal code review at AMD this coming week.
Here's the first bits of information following Phoronix tests of the "Southern Islands" AMD Radeon HD 7950 graphics card running under Ubuntu 12.04 LTS with the Linux 3.2 kernel and the AMD Catalyst driver.
AMD has released their belated Catalyst 12.2 Linux driver today. Unfortunately, it's not too exciting of a release.
While AMD is behind the ball on supporting Radeon HD 7000 series hardware, they're finally beginning to catch-up with supporting OpenCL for GPGPU computing on their open-source Linux graphics driver with Gallium3D.
Yesterday AMD officially launched the Radeon HD 7800 "Pitcairn" series as the latest hardware in their Southern Islands family to reside between the Radeon HD 7700 series and their flagship Radeon HD 7900 cards. Unfortunately, the open-source support for these latest AMD GPUs remains unavailable.
While most Linux enthusiasts know by now that there still isn't open-source Radeon HD 7000 series support from AMD under Linux, the Catalyst situation isn't so clear. While they've been committed to launch-day Catalyst hardware enablement under Windows and Linux, for the penguin OS that doesn't seem to always be the case for the HD 7000 series.
Christian König of AMD has shared his plans for completing work on the VDPAU state tracker for Gallium3D. This Gallium3D state tracker allows for NVIDIA VDPAU video acceleration using GPU shaders on open-source hardware drivers such as Radeon and Nouveau.
For those AMD Catalyst users that were concerned by the recent statements of Martin Gräßlin that KWin will likely end up dropping their GL1 renderer, which would eliminate vintage GPU hardware support as well as Catalyst driver support, fear not.
Where oh where is the open-source support for the "Southern Islands" GPUs, a.k.a. the AMD Radeon HD 7000 series? It's been over two months since the first hardware launched and there still is no open-source Linux driver support available.
AMD today launched the Radeon HD 7570/7770 graphics cards as the latest GPUs built on the GCN architecture. Unfortunately there still is not any open-source support for the Radeon HD 7000 series hardware nor has AMD sent out any review samples to Phoronix. But there is some other Catalyst Linux news to share.
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